Marriage and family therapists' experience of creativity in the therapy room
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Research stresses the importance of creativity in family therapy, yet a paucity of information describes how Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) define and experience creativity in their practice. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to describe MFTs’ experiences of creativity in their work with individuals, couples, and families. The study discusses creativity within various disciplines and frames the concept within a stage and a systemic model, illustrating an individual creative process and a system of interconnected components. The study uses a phenomenological methodology, as outlined by Moustakas (1994). Data were gathered through in-depth interviews from 10 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists practicing in the West Texas region. The interviews revealed 3 main categories, 8 main themes, and 15 subthemes describing how MFTs experience creativity personally and professionally. The study concludes by discussing the essence of the phenomenon, as well as implications and guidelines for behavioral health professionals, specifically MFTs, to promote creative development in their practice. Recommendations are made for future studies.